Wieting Block

This is one probable location of a company owned by L. Frank Baum's brother Benjamin William which marketed an axle grease made of castor oil combined with petroleum, and also the Carbon Oil Company, operated by the brothers' father, Benjamin.

For a time L. Frank Baum worked as a traveling salesman for his brother Benjamin William Baum, whose company began in Buffalo but then moved to several locations in Syracuse; this is one. Its lead product was a premium axle grease consisting of castor oil blended with petroleum that resisted clumping at low temperatures. This is one of the company’s Syracuse locations, and also the site of the Carbon Oil Company, operated by the brothers’ father, Benjamin Baum.